Monthly Archives: May 2016

Space module puffs up like a bag of popcorn

It took almost eight hours, but NASA accomplished the first expansion of a pop-up module at the International Space Station today, by inflating the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM. BEAM was built for NASA by Nevada-based Bigelow Aerospace under … Continue reading

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This may be the best view of Pluto we ever see

Almost a year after NASA’s New Horizons probe flew past Pluto, the team behind the mission has put together a long mosaic strip that includes all of the highest-resolution images. “This new image product is just magnetic,” Alan Stern, a … Continue reading

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket leans in for a landing

For the third time in a row, a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster sent a payload into space and then came back for a landing on an oceangoing platform. But this time, the booster was a little shaken up. Today’s launch from Cape Canaveral … Continue reading

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Expandable space module barely expands

Update: NASA will make its second attempt to inflate the Bigelow Expandable Space Module starting at around 6 a.m. PT May 28. More details below.  A multimillion-dollar pop-up room that NASA sees as the future of space habitats expanded just … Continue reading

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Five flights of fancy at ‘Above and Beyond’

Most of the floor space at Seattle’s Museum of Flight is set aside to celebrate past glories of aerospace – but “Above and Beyond,” a traveling exhibition that opens this weekend, is different: It’s all about what lies ahead. During a Thursday preview, … Continue reading

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Jeff Bezos: Next spaceflight will include flaw

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos predicts there’ll be a problem with a parachute the next time his Blue Origin venture flies its uncrewed New Shepard spaceship. He’ll make sure of it. Flying with a bad parachute is part of Blue Origin’s plan … Continue reading

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‘Space selfie’ project canceled; refunds offered

REDMOND, Wash. – Three years ago, Planetary Resources raised more than $1.5 million on Kickstarter to build a space telescope that would let users snap selfies from orbit. Today, the company says it can’t follow through on the project – and is … Continue reading

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